The Piano Teacher
Good research, interesting story but did not strike a chord
I was attracted by the cover's small words "New York Times Bestseller" and the last name, Lee, of the author. The back cover said it was her debut, a Hong Kong author. As an inspired writer, I snatched it off the shelf to see what it takes for a
local writer to be published and become a best seller.
I was disappointed. The author put in a lot of research about 1941 war times in Hong Kong and the jumping between different years were clearly arranged. The story unfolded to review the secrets of a major character but along the way, I lost track of who the story is about, what messages and feelings the author is trying to convey and most of all, I was not touched. Maybe I was being judgmental and subjective by using how I feel to rate the book but to be honest, I have read better books! I surely cannot write a novel yet but if and when I could, I do hope I can write better.